Story 16: Lieutenant James Samuel Cartwright
As a young man in the 1930’s he was known as an exceptional rugby player. He was a Full-Back and winger, and played for Canterbury and the New Zealand Universities team.James scored over 150 points in one season and was given a trial with the All Blacks in 1939.Here’s a summary of one of his appearances in the local press.
Courtesy of the National Museum of the Royal Navy
HMS Boadicea was sunk and Lieutenant Cartwright was killed.
James is still remembered on a local memorial in Pleasant Point where he went to school.
Lieutenant James Samuel Cartwright is currently commemorated on the New Zealand Naval Memorial, at the Devonport Naval Base, H.M.N.Z.S. Philomel, in Auckland.
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